Union Pacific To Complete Train Speed Increase East Of Big Spring
Track Designation to Allow Gradual Speed Increase of Remaining One Mile Segment of Track
Spring, Tex., December 12, 2006 Due to recent track maintenance projects, Union Pacific Railroad will complete the maximum train speed increase announced in November of 2005 in the remaining one mile segment of track east of Big Spring.
Union Pacific will gradually increase train speeds in the short segment from 40 mph to 70 mph for certain freight trains and 79 mph for Union Pacific passenger trains. The gradual increases of five mph per week will begin on December 18 until the new limits are reached on January 22.
Although the only crossing located within the segment is N. Midway Rd., the change is expected to improve public traffic flow and grade crossing safety as statistics show that more highway-rail grade crossing collisions occur at slower train speeds. At the same time, slower train speeds can cause traffic delays as trains occupy crossings longer.
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Currently, Union Pacific has job openings at many locations throughout its 23-state operating system. Opportunities are available in train service, skilled disciplines (e.g., diesel mechanics and electricians) and management. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.up.com and click on “Jobs at UP.”
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